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Scotiabank does Random Acts of Kindness for hundreds

Published:Thursday | October 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Viveen Esmie (right) screams in surprise when Lenworth Sutherland (left), Scotiabank May Pen branch manager, hands her a $10,000 gift voucher towards her groceries. She said it was the first time in her life that she had won anything.
Norman Scott (right), manager, Scotiabank Port Antonio branch, tries out a wheelchair as he makes the presentation to Sister Lelete Holson-Patterson, acting director of nursing services at the Port Antonio Hospital.
This Scotia volunteer assists this little girl to pose with the Random Act of Kindness ice cream 'cone'.
Caroline Mahfood, executive director, GraceKennedy Foundation, presents Denver McPherson of Kingston College with his grant at the recently staged Area 4 Police Civic Committee scholarship awards ceremony. The GraceKennedy Foundation provided the Area Four Civic Committee with a grant of $300,000 for its Education Trust Fund, which provides tuition scholarships for high-school students. Its mission is to raise funds from the private sector to provide scholarships for high-risk children within the Area 4 region. Contributed
Members of the Best Dressed Chicken team, Lorraine Kemble (left), Nikolette Williams (second left) and marketing manager Avadaugn Sinclair (front, left), participate in the handover of a cheque for $500,000 to Pastor David Henry (second right), Don Anderson (right), marketing chairman, and other members of the Swallowfield Chapel family. The donation will go towards the staging of the Swallowfield Transformational 5K Run/Walk, which will be held on Saturday morning. Contributed
Migrant worker scholarship recipients smile happily following the presentation ceremony at GraceKennedy Money Services. Wih them are Vinette Rowe (second right), marketing manager, Western Union, and Prynce-David Royal (fourth right), marketing officer. Contributed

More than 1,000 persons across the island experienced a random act of kindness from Scotiabank as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations. These include free bus rides, Devon House ice cream treats, free groceries, vouchers for free gas, and free phone credit.

"It's a different take on our celebrations," said Monique Todd, vice-president of marketing, public and corporate affairs. "We wanted to celebrate this milestone with as many Jamaicans as possible and the best way to do that was through random acts of kindness."

The initiative began on August 24, the actual birthday of the bank, when customers at Devon House received $125,000 worth of ice cream and chocolates from Chocolate Dreams in a party atmosphere.

Similarly, more than 800 persons received free bus rides to their destinations from the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre. This was repeated in Montego Bay when some 400 persons had their fares paid by the bank to as far as Falmouth. Scotiabank also surprised grocery shoppers at supermarkets around the island, motorists got free gas at service stations, and customers in the branches got free cell-phone credit.

GraceKennedy Money Services provides children with scholarships

Some 100 children of migrant workers will this year receive scholarships, to the tune of J$1.35M, courtesy of GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS), through its Western Union brand.

In a presentation ceremony recently held at the company's New Kingston office, the company presented scholarships to some of the recipients who are children of Jamaicans enrolled in the Migrant Worker Programme in the United States. Children of migrant workers in Canada will receive their scholarships later this year.

Alessandro Wright, civil engineering major at the University of Technology, was happy to be selected. "It means a lot because it will help out with my school expenses," he said.

And, Mabel Williams, whose grandson, Joaquin, got a scholarship, said. "I thank God for GraceKennedy Money Services and Western Union. We never expected this and it is the first that I am getting the help in this way so I am grateful for it," she said.

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